Senegal's Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary - UNESCO World Heritage site, a wetland ecosystem comprising of more than 1.5 million migratory birds

Baku, October 1, AZERTAC

Located in the Senegal River delta, the Djoudj Sanctuary is a wetland of 16,000 ha, comprising a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters.

It forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some 1.5 million birds, such as the white pelican, the purple heron, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant.

The property is a vital sanctuary for nesting species such as the white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), the purple heron (Ardea purpurea), the African spoonbill (Platalea alba), the great egret (Casmerodius albus), the night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) and the cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo).

The property also contains large populations of crocodiles and manatees.

Inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1981, the property is managed by a management administration under the direct supervision of the State through the Senegal’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the National Parks Directorate.

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